March 2, 2021

What Does Colossians 2:12 Mean?

What Does Colossians 2:12 Mean?

Colossians 2:11-12 (NIV) 11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.


 Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth. 

In Colossians chapter 2, Paul teaches us that in Christ we are made full. 

This week, Paul gives us 4 things we need to know about that fullness.

 Yesterday, we learned that our old sinful nature was circumcised when we gave our life to Christ. We participated in Christ’s death with him on the cross. But we weren’t only crucified with Christ. We were included in his burial as well. 

 As we read here in Colossians chapter 2 verse 12, “For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized.”

 So, Paul’s teaching us that as a believer in Christ, symbolically, you were buried with Christ. When he died, you died.  

 And Christian baptism is a symbolic act of that experience. 

 You see, baptism is a sign of new life. And when you’re baptized, as you are put under the water, it symbolizes being laid in that tomb with Christ. You died to your old life, your sin nature, your old ways. 

 It’s important to point out here that baptism is only symbolic. It has no magical power. It only represents a spiritual truth of dying with Christ.  

 And the great news is that it doesn’t end there. 

 As Paul continues in verse 12, “you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.”

 Paul says you were raised to new life by faith in Christ, the One who died for you.  This doesn’t refer to a future resurrection. This indicates something that already occurred within you. You have been raised to new life. Your old person is dead and buried, and the new you rose from the grave. 

 So, your Simple Truth for today: As a follower of Christ, you have been crucified, buried and resurrected with Jesus Christ. You now live a new life with a righteous nature that produces good fruit for God’s Kingdom. Thank you, Jesus. 

 Have a blessed day. I’ll see you again tomorrow.